Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

One of the lessons of educational strategies in geo-engineering is to inspire the students’ motivation by telling them how the geoengineer thinks and why is it worth attaining. The Geotechnical Triangle developed by Burland proved to be a useful conveyance to deliver essentials of the geo-engineers’ habit of mind. Slight extension of this simplex to a tetrahedron brings into the framework the construction technology, equivalent of importance with ground profile, observed behavior and appropriate model. Case histories retain their central role within this 3D simplex. In this perspective geo-engineering proves to be analogous with medicine where concepts such as symptom, syndrome, diagnose and therapy appear and case histories in teaching have a central role, as well. This role has got an institutionalized representation in Eurocode 7, the new standard for geotechnical design brought into force in the EU by 2010.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Case Studies — Pavement of the Educator's Road

Chicago, Illinois

One of the lessons of educational strategies in geo-engineering is to inspire the students’ motivation by telling them how the geoengineer thinks and why is it worth attaining. The Geotechnical Triangle developed by Burland proved to be a useful conveyance to deliver essentials of the geo-engineers’ habit of mind. Slight extension of this simplex to a tetrahedron brings into the framework the construction technology, equivalent of importance with ground profile, observed behavior and appropriate model. Case histories retain their central role within this 3D simplex. In this perspective geo-engineering proves to be analogous with medicine where concepts such as symptom, syndrome, diagnose and therapy appear and case histories in teaching have a central role, as well. This role has got an institutionalized representation in Eurocode 7, the new standard for geotechnical design brought into force in the EU by 2010.